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For anyone interested, I think teaching ESL is one of the best non-traditional jobs there is. I was a public school teacher for several years, but left to teach English-as-a-Second-Language teacher for the Spanish speaking players on the Cleveland Indians baseball team, then later had seasonal jobs teaching for the Ringling Bros.Circus and Walt Disney World. However, those aren't the ESL jobs I'm referring to. 

You don't have to have a degree in Education to teach ESL. Sometimes you don't even need a certificate--depending on the school or company.  I've taught in 13 countries. Many of these jobs have been teaching for ESL study/vacation programs----which are basically summer camps, although they're not always in the summer.  These camps can last anywhere from a week to 12 or 14 weeks. If you're interested in something longer, there are definitely a lot of possibilities.  I worked as a freelance teacher in Germany, so basically I worked as an independent contractor for schools, businesses, language companies, or found my own private students. I loved it because I wasn't stuck in the same room for several hours.

Best places online to search for ESL jobs are Dave's ESL Cafe and eslemployment. If you just Google ESL jobs, you'll find a lot of options.  You don't necessarily have to know a lot of grammar rules---certainly helps though. In fact, companies like Berlitz and Inlingua (I've taught for both), which have school around the world, they will train you themselves using their method (The Direct Method). The training is usually 7 to 10 days and they usually don't pay you for attending, but they also don't charge you for the training.

Asia is the biggest market for finding a job, but you should do a little researching online about schools/companies that are interested in you--there have been several jobs I've passed on because I found too many negative comments about them online.  

They also have A LOT of short-term or summer ESL jobs in the USA.  I came back to the USA a few years ago to be the tutor for the #1 female golfer in the LPGA, Yani Tseng, during her off season.

Almost all summer ESL camps offer room and board, and most schools/companies overseas offer either an apartment or help finding an apartment----unless you are a freelancer.   Many short-term ESL jobs don't require a work visa, but if it's for more than 90 days, they usually do.  However, there are some countries, like Costa Rica and Poland, where you can work there for 90 days---go across the border for a day or two (for the weekend) then come back for 90 more days.

Cheers, Rich

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